A Plain Jane, but at least it's functional.

Please note that the following handbags represent first prototypes and serious blunders. This blog documents our trials and errors and tracks our progress from inexperienced start-up to launching the Taryn Zhang brand. Please bear that in mind as you look through these photos and illustrations.

“The Plain Jane”

Fail. Next. Sigh.

I tried. I tried really hard.

Yet another Fail. Well, not completely, since I am using this bag now. It’s quite functional, though a far cry from the original intended design.

The original intent was a design I called The Debut. After I broke my sewing machine needle, I needed to come up with an alternative method for achieving the 9-squares stitching. And I couldn’t.

Finally I gave up and, before I wasted all of the fabric, used the remaining pieces to at least get some semblance of a purse out of the excursion.

The one cool thing about The Plain Jane is the interior pockets. I made little sectioned-off pockets in the lining for my compact, my phone, chapstick, and most important, my flash drive. (Doesn’t every girl carry a USB stick with her everywhere she goes?) There’s also a secret hidden pocket, which seemed like a nifty idea at the time of making, but now I’ve realized is not so useful. What the heck do I have to hide? I suppose it fits feminine hygiene products.

So okay, I admit, the Plain Jane is not marketable. I could never sell this thing. But at least it’s the functional. It fits a lot more stuff than you’d think it could fit.

Also, it’s understated, if that’s your style. Nobody will notice this handbag when you carry it. I brought it to the office today and nobody noticed it at all. Oh, wait. If I’m trying to start a designer handbag business, maybe that’s not such a good thing. Epic Fail. =*(

Anyway. Back to the drawing board. I have got so much more to learn…

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